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Secretary-General Welcomes Signing of Peace, National Partnership Agreement in Yemen, Expects its Implementation without Delay

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki‑moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes today’s announcement of the signing of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement in Yemen. He has been following recent developments with grave concern and considers today’s commitment by all the key parties to cease hostilities and work together for a new democratic Yemen a positive step towards political stability and peace in the country.

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Yemen peace holds as toll mounts from week of clashes

09/22/2014 18:31 GMT

by Hamoud Mounassar

SANAA, September 22, 2014 (AFP) - A peace accord appeared to be holding in Yemen Monday after a week of clashes between Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen that the government said killed at least 200 people.

The Huthi rebels, who waged a decade-long insurgency in the mountainous north before launching a bid for power in Sanaa last month, were seen in the capital guarding government offices and army bases alongside troops.

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PM quits as Shiite rebels seize Yemen government HQ

09/21/2014 16:18 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.

Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa stepped aside, accusing President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of being "autocratic", senior officials said.

State news agency Saba reported Basindawa's resignation, but without giving the reason.

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Yemen clashes ground planes, close schools

09/20/2014 14:40 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, September 20, 2014 (AFP) - Flights to the Yemeni capital were suspended for a second straight day Saturday as the toll mounted from clashes between pro-government forces and rebels despite UN efforts to reach a ceasefire.

Forces allied to the government have been battling to halt Shiite rebels who have swept into Sanaa from their stronghold in the rugged northwestern mountains.

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Yemen: Clashes in Al Jawf and Sana’a Situation Report No. 1 (as of 21 September 2014 at 16.00)

No verified estimates of humanitarian needs are available yet. Humanitarian partners are currently not able to reach affected areas due to road closures and ongoing violence.

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Bring “Mediterranean mass murderers” to justice – UN Human Rights Chief

GENEVA (19 September 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European States with relevant information to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of between 300 and 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last week.

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Yemen flights halted as truce talks end without result

09/20/2014 11:56 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, September 20, 2014 (AFP) - Flights to the Yemeni capital were suspended for a second day straight Saturday as the toll mounted from clashes between pro-government forces and rebels despite UN efforts to reach a ceasefire.

Forces allied to the government have been battling to halt Shiite rebels who have swept into Sanaa from their stronghold in the rugged northwestern mountains.

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Schools on wheels come to Taiz

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Yemen Times

Mohammad Al-Khayat (author)

Shakeeb Jaber did not imagine a day when he would be able to read and write. But when the impossible became possible, the 12-year-old was over the moon.

“When I used to see children going to school, carrying their papers and notebooks, I used to feel ashamed, asking myself: Why can’t I go to school like them? I never imagined that I would be able to read and write until the Mobile School came along,” Jaber reminisces.

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Hundreds of Yemeni families in need of aid, UN humanitarian office warns

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18 September 2014 – Clashes were today reported in Marib, Yemen, where United Nations humanitarian partners estimate that about 300 families are displaced and cut off from aid.

“Serious security risks” are hampering efforts by international organizations in Marib, which is located east of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, a UN spokesperson told journalists in New York.

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Yemen clashes kill nearly 40 as UN envoy presses rebel talks

09/18/2014 20:03 GMT

SANAA, September 18, 2014 (AFP) - Fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni Islamists backed by troops killed nearly 40 people outside Sanaa Thursday, as the UN envoy huddled in the rebel stronghold to try to end Yemen's political crisis.

Fighting raged between the rebels, known as Huthis or Ansarullah, and fighters of the Islah (Reform) party in Shamlan, just north of the capital, where rebels have been camped for weeks.

It has spread to Iman University of religion which belongs to top Islah cleric Abdulmajid al-Zindani, they said.

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Justice in Transition in Yemen: A Mapping of Local Justice Functioning in Ten Governorates in Yemen

This research is part of a three-year United States Institute of Peace (USIP) project that explores how Yemen’s rule of law and local justice and security issues have been affected in the post-Arab Spring transition period. A complement to other analytical and thematic pieces, this large-scale mapping provides data on factors influencing justice provision in half of Yemen’s governorates. Its goal is to support more responsive programming and justice sector reform. Field research was managed by Partners-Yemen, an affiliate of Partners for Democratic Change.

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When aid becomes a business

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Yemen Times

Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (photographer), Mohammad Al-Khayat (author)

Visiting the food distribution center of the Islamic Relief Organization (IRO) on Marib Street on the outskirts of Sana’a makes one fully realize the suffering that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen endure.

A woman in her seventies stands in a long line under the burning sun, waiting for 50 kilos of flour, two and a half liters of oil, and four kilos of beans.

This is the monthly amount of staple foods each person receives from the IRO in Sana’a.

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Clashes in capital after Houthis seize nearby village

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Yemen Times

Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)

SANA’A Sept. 17—The Houthis took control of Al-Qabel village in Bani Al-Harith district, north of the capital Sana’a, on Tuesday after several hours of fighting. Clashes also broke out on Tuesday evening in Shamlan area in the capital, leaving seven dead, according to Houthi sources.

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Cómo desarrollar programas eficaces de recuperación tras desastres: Lecciones de países vulnerables

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TITULARES DE ARTÍCULOS

  • Una mejor reconstrucción después de un desastre natural tiene relación con la calidad de las nuevas estructuras y también con la participación de las comunidades, especialmente los pobres y vulnerables.

  • Formular planes de restauración antes de que ocurra una catástrofe puede ayudar a las personas y las comunidades a recuperarse más rápido y proteger los avances en materia de desarrollo.

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Comment mettre au point des programmes de reconstruction efficaces après une catastrophe ? En s’inspirant de l’expérience d’autres pays vulnérables

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LES POINTS MARQUANTS

  • Après une catastrophe, l’enjeu est de construire mieux, ce qui signifie bâtir des structures plus solides mais aussi faire participer les collectivités concernées, en particulier les populations pauvres et vulnérables.

  • La mise en place de plans d’action avant qu’une catastrophe ne survienne permet aux populations et aux collectivités de rebondir ensuite plus rapidement et de préserver les progrès accomplis sur le plan du développement.

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Security Council 2140 Sanctions Committee discusses interim report of Panel of Experts on Yemen

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On 10 September 2014, the Security Council’s 2140 Sanctions Committee met to discuss the interim report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen, presented by its Coordinator.

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UN rights office urges impartial probe into killing of protesters in Yemeni capital

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16 September 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today called on Yemeni officials to conduct an “independent, prompt and effective investigation” into the killing earlier this month of nine protesters in the capital, Sana’a.

“As Yemen faces various internal challenges, it is more crucial than ever that violations of international human rights law are not swept under the carpet,” said Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot (August 2014)

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The humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to be characterised by conflict, political instability, extreme poverty, lack of basic services, weak rule of law, and impact of natural disasters. Consequently, an estimated 14.7 million people need some form of humanitarian aid. About 10.1 million live in governorates with high food insecurity and malnutrition. Humanitarian partners have scaled-up the response, but funding and access remain key challenges.

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Yemen: Key Humanitarian needs (August 2014)

Humanitarian needs and the underlying context in Yemen remain largely unchanged since 2013. An estimated 14.7 million out of 25 million people require some form of humanitarian aid. More than half of the people do not have access to safe water, about one million children under 5 are acutely malnourished, and about 10.6 million people are food insecure.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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